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Demystified: SD-WAN, SDN, NFV, and VNF

Many Enterprises are evaluating, piloting or migrating to SD-WAN. As they navigate the market they are encountering a myriad of technology terms, options and choices. During research and solution evaluations, Software-Defined WAN (SD-WAN), Software-Defined Network (SDN), Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and Virtual Network Function (VNF) are concepts that come up frequently and often cause confusion.

This webinar will demystify these concepts, give you a detailed explanation of each and clarify the differences. Most importantly, you will learn which of these technologies are the best fit for your Enterprise to build the most scalable, high-performing, and secure wide area network.
Recorded Oct 20 2016 61 mins
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Steve Woo, Co-founder and VP of Products, VeloCloud
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  • Top Drivers for SD-WAN Adoption Recorded: Aug 15 2018 45 mins
    Scott Raynovich, Principal Analyst, Futuriom
    Huge demand for cloud services means huge demand for wide area network (WAN) connectivity, security, and bandwidth. It has also changed enterprise network architectures and created new challenges for Chief Information Officers (CIOs) and IT managers in charge of building networks and purchasing bandwidth for their company. The need for fast, secure access to cloud applications, demand for services and app agility, and the desire to leverage Internet connectivity is boosting demand for software-defined WAN (SD-WAN), which has more flexibility and better economics than traditional WANs.

    Tune in as Futuriom Principal Analyst R. Scott Raynovich recaps the findings of its recent SD-WAN Growth Outlook, detailing what’s driving fast adoption for SD-WAN technologies.
  • Why SD-WAN is the Right Prescription for Healthcare Providers Recorded: Aug 7 2018 52 mins
    Bob Laliberte, Sr. Analyst & Practice Director, Enterprise Strategy Group
    In this webinar we will cover how the demands to deliver higher quality of services, in less time and with lower costs to all locations in the network are pervasive in the healthcare industry. We will discuss how organizations are responding by deploying new applications (on-prem and cloud based), innovative technologies that require connectivity and the need for agility as organizations grow organically or inorganically.

    We will also discuss some of the challenges that often hold back this innovation and patient care when trying to connect to applications located in centralized data centers or cloud locations, especially from urgent care centers or satellite offices in rural locations.

    Lastly, we will review how SD-WAN solutions can provide requisite connectivity to unlock innovation, increase agility and productivity and improve customer care/experience to even the more remote locations. This will include sharing examples of organizations that have transitioned to SD-WAN solutions and achieved real benefits.
  • Unify WAN, LAN, and WLAN with Mist Systems and NSX SD-WAN by VeloCloud Recorded: Aug 1 2018 46 mins
    Jeff Aaron, VP of Marketing, MIST & Rachna Srivastava, Sr. Manager, Product Manager, VeloCloud, now part of VMware
    The increasing WAN demands of branch offices, vast proliferation of devices, constant need for wireless network uptime, together with a desire to keep costs low has left IT with a simple charge – accomplish more with less. To address this, IT must shift from reactive to proactive, from network-centric to user-centric, and from manual to automated.

    Artificial intelligence (AI) has provided a clear path forward to solve for these challenges and deliver automation to the IT admin. Mist Systems has partnered with VeloCloud, now part of VMware to bring WLAN analytics, AI, and intelligent troubleshooting to NSX SD-WAN.

    Join us for a joint webinar where the experts from Mist and NSX SD-WAN showcase the power of LAN and WAN integration to give customers unprecedented visibility into their LAN and WAN environments—from the branch to the cloud, and everywhere in between.
  • SD-WAN – The Lynchpin in a Transforming Virtual Cloud Network Recorded: Jul 24 2018 56 mins
    Zeus Kerravala, Principal Analyst & Founder, ZK Research
    Networking is in a constant state of change, but the with the advent of cloud and virtualization, the current evolution is altering the way we’ve traditionally understood it. The Virtual Cloud Network is about virtualization, connecting data centers and branches and cloud to each other in a seamless and flexible manner that supports this evolution for the next several decades. The lynchpin to this new architecture is SD-WAN, with its pervasive, scalable, and adaptable framework.

    In this webinar, Zeus Kerravala of ZK Research, discusses how SD-WAN is transforming networking and enabling the adoption of Virtual Cloud Network to occur.
  • Architecture Matters: 7 Questions to Ask when Evaluating SD-WAN Solutions Recorded: Jun 26 2018 58 mins
    Jim Metzler, Analyst, Researcher and Founder at Ashton, Metzler & Associates
    The SD-WAN market has been flooded with a range of vendors offering varying types of SD-WAN solutions. While having differing types of solutions provided by numerous suppliers is potentially beneficial, it also creates confusion that complicates the task of evaluating alternative SD-WAN solutions.

    Join us as Jim Metzler, analyst, researcher and founder at Ashton, Metzler & Associates, cuts through the confusion in the market by identifying seven key questions that network organizations should ask themselves as part of evaluating SD-WAN solutions.
  • Building for a Better Future: Using SD-WAN to Rebuild a Business Network Recorded: Jun 21 2018 29 mins
    Rick Rader, IT Director with Myron Steves & Scott Turner and David Turner with Meriplex & Rosa Lear with VeloCloud
    In today’s world, undisrupted network connectivity is critical to ensuring business continuity. As the adoption of virtual instances and cloud migration accelerates, dependence on high quality, high speed, high bandwidth connections becomes a necessity. Outages have far reaching implications and can be detrimental to a business as the networks of yesterday are ill-prepared for the business of today and the future. SD-WAN is changing this scenario. In this webinar, Myron Steves discusses how its implementation of SD-WAN transformed their entire network and prepares them for future growth.

    Presenters:
    Rick Rader, IT Director with Myron F Steves
    Scott Turner, Director of Sales with Meriplex Communications
    David Turner, Principal Technologist with Meriplex Communications
    Rosa Lear, Senior Marketing Manager with VeloCloud now part of VMware
  • Best Practices for Building the Commercial Case for SD-WAN Recorded: May 31 2018 55 mins
    Ciaran Roche, CTO of Coevolve & Sasha Emmerling, Dir of Marketing, VeloCloud, now part of VMware
    SD-WAN is now approaching mainstream adoption, allowing for the collection of enough data to better understand the development of its commercial case. With numerous SD-WAN implementations and projects under their collective belts, Coevolve and VeloCloud, now part of VMware, will share examples of the common elements and best practices that lead to a successful SD-WAN case.
     
    The team will share:
    * The key elements of a SD-WAN business case
    * How the SD-WAN business case varies from previous WAN reviews
    * The side benefits to the headline commercial gains
    * The areas of uncertainty requiring extra analysis 
     
    Join us for this interesting discussion on taking the next steps with your enterprise SD-WAN business case!
  • Solving the Secure SD-WAN Paradox Recorded: May 17 2018 56 mins
    Dr. Jim Metzler, Principal Analyst at Ashton, Metzler & Associates; Dhawal Sharma, Sr.Director of Product Management, Zscaler
    Adopting an SD-WAN solution is the best option that network organizations have to respond to a range of requirements such as lowering cost, increasing availability and providing high quality user experiences. However, network organizations are also under pressure to deliver best-of-breed security and in virtually all instances, adopting an SD-WAN solution results in implementing Direct Internet Access (DIA) which is challenging to secure using security appliances.

    Join Dr. Jim Metzler, a principle analyst at Ashton, Metzler and Associates, as he discusses the ways organizations can improve their security posture while taking advantage of the benefits offered by SD-WAN and embracing the advantages of cloud-enabling technologies. Industry experts Dhawal Sharma and Tony Banuelos will join Dr. Metzler to share case studies and deployment best practices of implementing a secure SD-WAN solution.

    Presenters:
    * Dr. Jim Metzler, Principal Analyst at Ashton, Metzler & Associates
    • Dhawal Sharma, Sr. Director of Product Management at Zscaler
    • Tony Banuelos, Product Line Manager at VeloCloud, now part of VMware
  • The Routerless Branch: SD-WAN Takes Routing out of the Router Recorded: Apr 3 2018 47 mins
    Zeus Kerravala, Principal Analyst & Founder, ZK Research
    The digital transformation is here, affecting business everywhere and requiring a retooling of legacy solutions. Networking needs to keep up but it relies on an architecture that has been in place for over three decades and that was not built to support the dramatic change.

    To keep pace, networks are undergoing a massive overhaul, a lot of the momentum spurred by trends like IoT and enabling technologies like SD-WAN. Included in the overhaul is rethinking branch routers by separating routing capabilities from the physical box.

    In this webinar, Zeus Kerravala of ZK Research takes a deep dive into how SD-WAN is ushering in an era of a routerless branch office.
  • Healthcare Embraces Transformation through SD-WAN to Better Service the Patient Recorded: Mar 20 2018 37 mins
    Rachna Srivistava, Director Product Marketing
    Healthcare is strictly regulated and fraught with laws that seek to protect the patient as well as the healthcare provider. In today's modern world, technology plays a huge part in the ability to serve patients but must be able to consistently adhere to current industry regulations and flexible enough to accommodate its evolution.

    In this webinar, VeloCloud takes a look at how SD-WAN plays a key role in ensuring that providers are able to deliver care through:

    * Segmenting traffic such as relevant patient records or internet traffic
    * Ensuring constant network uptime for non-disruptive access to patient records
    * Shift to cloud storage of health records requires constant network uptime and connectivity
    * Case studies: specific uses by healthcare customers
  • SD-WAN for Retail: Simplifying Segmentation, Security, and Services Recorded: Feb 6 2018 34 mins
    Rachna Srivistava, Director Product Marketing
    The retail experience has become much more than just finding the product you're looking for in a store. Today, customers require much more: POS systems must always be online so credit cards can be scanned; Wi-Fi for internet browsing; in-store kiosks connected to online stores; and secured data for all. All this is dependent on a fast, secure, and dependable network with enough bandwidth to support all communications methods.

    In this webinar, we'll discuss how SD-WAN optimizes the overall retail experience, how segmentation ensures that traffic is prioritized and treated appropriately, and the entire process is secure at all times.
  • SD-WAN in Retail: Powering Security and Segmentation for Digital Transformation Recorded: Jan 10 2018 35 mins
    Parag Thakore, VP of Product Management; Fan Gu, Product Manager
    In the last ten years, the profile of network traffic has completely changed from the ten years before that. The internet of things (IoT), the variance and number of connected devices, video, images, voice, credit card data and payments processing, wifi, and much more has changed the requirements of what networks must support today.

    Retail, specifically, must support various types of network traffic and each must be treated differently, such as separating PCI traffic from guest wifi from voice. This is where segmentation plays a strategic role.

    This webinar will cover the following topics:
    - What is segmentation as it relates to SD-WAN.
    - Why segmentation matters in Retail, illustrated with use cases.
    - A live demonstration segmentation with SD-WAN.
  • A Customer Story - A WAN Strategy that Unifies the Enterprise and Enables Growth Recorded: Dec 13 2017 61 mins
    Daan Muizer, Stolt-Nielsen & Ferran van den Berg, Videns
    With offices in 30+ countries, a de-centralized network infrastructure, and a company-wide migration to cloud applications, the existing mix of MPLS and internet across sites was hugely limiting to Stolt-Nielsen’s future growth strategies.

    Of major importance was moving to a platform that connected Stolt-Nielsen’s entire network to the same applications no matter where offices were located, guaranteeing that those applications were always accessible, and provided a high-quality experience for all users.
    Stolt-Nielsen was using Office365, Skype for Business, and file replication across the entire organization and wanted every user to have the same experience regardless of location. Stolt-Nielsen turned to VeloCloud Managed Service Provider, Videns, to re-think its network strategy and transform the WAN.

    In this webinar, Stolt-Nielsen and Videns discuss the benefits they were looking to achieve, what the alternative solution evaluation process looked like, and the results attained with a new infrastructure.
  • What the New Network Paradigm Will Be: Outcome-Driven Networking and SD-WAN Recorded: Dec 7 2017 53 mins
    Bob Laliberte, Sr. Analyst, ESG and Rachna Srivastava, Sr. Director Product Marketing, VeloCloud
    Legacy network procedures and processes are traditionally focused on the individual steps required to implement change and initiate actions. Even with the automation of various steps within the process, there remains much investment of time and human resources to manually configure every activity.

    But as networks increase in complexity, especially with the transition to cloud-based applications and services, throwing manpower at the problem, is not scalable. Instead, organizations are adopting Cloud-DelIviered SD-WAN and as an extension, outcome-driven networking. With outcome-driven networking, organizations determine the outcome they need to deliver and allow the network intelligence and automation SD-WAN provides to revolutionize their IT teams and their businesses.

    In this webinar, ESG senior analyst, Bob Laliberte, introduces outcome-driven networking and why it is changing the network world, including:
    • Challenges faced by networks
    • The components of a robust outcome-driven networking approach
    • Key benefits to deploying an outcome-driven SD-WAN
    • ROI on implementing outcome-driven networking
  • Freeport-McMoRan - Putting the Pedal to the Metal with SD-WAN Recorded: Nov 17 2017 41 mins
    Stein Ericsson, Manager, Global Network Operations at Freeport-McMoRan and Rachna Srivastava, Sr. Director Product Marketing
    Freeport-McMoRan faced immense connectivity and bandwidth issues in its copper mines located in remote locations. Moreover, this S&P 500 company was also looking to revolutionize their IT infrastructure by bringing secure access to cloud-based applications on Microsoft Azure.

    Join this webinar to hear directly from the experts at Freeport-McMoRan on how it leveraged VeloCloud SD-WAN to greatly improve user experience with assured Application Performance and simplified access to Microsoft Azure.

    Attend this webinar to learn:
    - How Freeport-McMoRan quadrupled its bandwidth to support terabyte-sized file transmissions
    - Dramatically improved the network user-experience with VeloCloud SD-WAN
    - How legacy issues, such as non-performing circuits, can easily be fixed and optimized with VeloCloud SD-WAN
    - How Virtual VeloCloud Edge can easily run on Microsoft Azure to optimize access to cloud applications
  • DIY or Managed SD-WAN - Large Customer Deployments Recorded: Nov 15 2017 45 mins
    Steve Woo, Co-found & VP Products
    Software-Defined networking has transformed data center networks and given us a taste of the greater flexibility, performance and potential savings in the move from fixed to agile networks.

    With a large number of of widely distributed sites or branches, a vast mix of vendors and deployed network equipment, decades of legacy platforms, and varying service quality over networks assembled from unpredictable connections, the traditional WAN infrastructure poses many challenges that can benefit even more so from the promise of SD-WAN.

    The pressure for a software defined WAN has also increased due to the shift to cloud computing. That’s where SD-WAN steps in to solve common issues, offering a wide range of benefits for your large organization. These range from equipment and circuit cost savings, to increased security and agility, to support for strategic business and architectural initiatives.

    As you consider available solutions, implementation partners and deployment architectures, the big question is whether to “Do It Yourself” or choose a “Managed SD-WAN.” This is not necessarily the same as choosing between an on-premises solution versus a solution with components hosted in the cloud.

    In this webinar, we’ll examine:
    * The various flavors of managed SD-WAN deployments: on-premises, cloud hosted or integrated with provider networks.
    * What are the relevant decision criteria for choosing one approach versus another?
    * Which deployment better supports the move to public cloud infrastructures and software as a service?
    * How to choose which solution is right for your business.
  • Brooks Brothers: Delivering a Genuine White-Glove Retail Experience with SD-WAN Recorded: Nov 9 2017 41 mins
    Manny Stergakis, Director of Technical Services, Brooks Brothers
    The entire landscape of retail is undergoing a revolution and most notable are the in-store and network transformations needed to support this shift. With branch retail stores competing for every customer dollar, retailers must stay ahead of the curve of what these customers demand and deliver it as a seamless, valuable, and exceptional experience.

    In the third of our Retail Revolution series, we will host Brooks Brothers, a customer that has revolutionized the in-store experience and its network to continue to deliver to customers the exceptional white-glove experience they expect from the nearly 200 year old historic retailer. Brooks Brothers will discuss how SD-WAN enables them to be transaction-ready at all times, quickly deploy new retail branches, increase in-store sales, and gain unprecedented management, visibility and control across its entire network.
  • Propel the Future of Retail with SD-WAN Recorded: Oct 24 2017 42 mins
    Rachna Srivistava, Sr. Director Product Marketing
    Delivering an exceptional user experience to a retail customer is more than just having the right product on-hand. An omni-channel environment will become commonplace and retail organizations must deliver or be replaced by competitors who will. Having the right network to support growth and expansion, while keeping costs under check, is critical.

    In the second session of our Retail Revolution webinar series, VeloCloud will dive deeper with a take on how Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN can help retailers ensure security at each touch point with segmentation and PCI compliance, enhancing the customer engagement anytime, anywhere, and using real-world examples of how customers have used SD-WAN to improve their retail organizations.

    Key takeaways include:

    - Best practices on delivering an exceptional retail customer experience with Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN.
    - Guidance on how to stay secure with a range of features from VeloCloud, along with PCI
    - Optimizing your retail environment to ensure bottlenecks are removed and performance is optimized
    - Simplifying the PCI audit process with the VeloCloud PCI Certified Solution
  • Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN and Security: Best Practices for Branch Transformation Recorded: Oct 17 2017 59 mins
    Dhawal Sharma, Director of Product Management, Zscaler, Inc., Rachna Srivastava, Sr. Director of Product Marketing, VeloCloud
    Cloud technology is the key enabler to new business opportunities, improved efficiency, and a sustainable competitive edge. IT requires new ways to rapidly deliver business applications and services in the cloud reliably and securely. This can be achieved by adopting a new approach that allows for agility and security in the cloud-era.

    Attend this webinar to learn about a holistic transformation strategy that brings cloud security and SD-WAN from Zscaler and VeloCloud together for secure, efficient, and cost-effective access to cloud applications and services, over the Internet and beyond.
  • Transforming the Retail Experience with SD-WAN Recorded: Oct 12 2017 46 mins
    Zeus Kerravala, Principal Analyst & Founder
    Digital trends are transforming nearly every industry and retail is amongst the top industries to be impacted.

    The retail store front will remain the hub for omni-channel interactions with customers. Business leaders in retail need to prepare for a wide range of technologies such as in-store WiFi, digital signage, tablets, self-checkouts and others in addition to maintaining a 100% transaction uptime.

    All of these advanced technologies are highly dependent on the network, particularly the wide area network (WAN) for success. However, legacy WANs were never designed to support omni-channel interactions, which means evolving the WAN to a software defined WAN (SD-WAN) must be a top initiative for business and IT leaders in the retail industry.

    Join Zeus Kerravala, Principal Analyst and Founder of ZK Research as he discusses the changes in the retail industry, why legacy networks are challenged and provides practical advice on how to migrate to SD-WAN.
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